Wednesday 15 October 2014

Principal Director of NCEL, Dr Maurice Smith says the Lighting up Leadership workshop is a vital aspect of developing excellence in leadership.

THIRTY-THREE school principals and education officers have benefitted from training under an initiative between The National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) and the British Council of Jamaica. The educators participated in a recent workshop series called Lighting up Leadership.

The programme is aimed at enhancing the mentoring and coaching skills of local educators. The training, which is the first of a five-part series to create a pool of talented coaches at various levels across the island, is being led by International Consultant Nicholas Garrick, founder and director of Lighting up Learning in the United Kingdom.

Over the next few years, education officers and principals across the country will be certified as performance, development, leadership or master Coaches.

"The British Council has been a very proactive and supportive partner in that it has provided the College with the support necessary to design and now deliver our System and School Leaders' Coaching Programme [SSLCP]. The SSLCP will go a far way in building capacity among our cadre of Principals and assist our schools in becoming more effective in the delivery of the education enterprise. These benefits can only redound to our producing students who are better equipped to access secondary or post secondary education or the world of work," he explains.

"Leadership and teacher quality are the two variables that most positively impact student attainment. In NCEL's work with almost 600 system and school leaders we have found that administrators grow most when they are supported by their colleagues who were able to mentor them with respect to the development of their competencies," Dr Smith adds.

Project Manager of the British Council's Connecting Classroom initiative, Kadeon Richards says that the initiative forms part of a global education programme which offers school partnerships as well as professional development for teachers.

"It also provides specially-developed resources, enabling schools to explore a number of social, environmental, and cultural themes; while equipping students with a deeper understanding of other countries and cultures," she says.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. Our Trinidad and Tobago office is hosting a number of monthly initiatives involving students from across the country.
We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover which last year was £781 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.